Ethics - Fair Trade Certified
Patagonia believes strongly in responsibility and in transparency, employing ethical and conscientious business practices to provide you with the best in outdoor clothing and gear for climbing, endurance, skiing, trail running, hiking, and similar pursuits. The products we carry reflect Patagonia’s well-known commitment to environmental causes and responsible business practices.
Fair Trade Certified™ sewing:
Patagonia manufactures many products with Fair Trade Certified sewing, promising fair labor practices. Employees at participating plants receive verified, appropriate wages. Fair Trade also promotes occupational health and safety standards, and it contributes to environmentally and socially sustainable practices.
Items certified as bluesign approved represent Patagonia’s pledge for sustainable production, the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint, and its support for the environment. Based on input-stream management, bluesign approval denotes reduced resource consumption, lowered emissions, improved health and safety standards for workers and consumers, and higher resource productivity. Patagonia actively supports the network of bluesign system partners, becoming the first brand to join that network in 2007.
1% for the Planet®:
Participating in 1% for the Planet, Patagonia donates 1% of yearly sales to grassroots environmental organizations. This amount has totalled over $76,000,000 as of 2016. Patagonia recognizes collaboration with local nonprofits and community organizations as key to confronting the environmental crisis. Cofounded by Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s own founder, 1% for the Planet encourages thriving partnerships and resourceful solutions for change.
As a certified B-Corporation, Patagonia maintains a legally binding fiduciary responsibility to consider employee interests, community concerns, and the environmental crisis as well as shareholders’ interests. Patagonia meets B Lab’s rigorous environmental and social standards, pays annual fees based on revenue to support the work of B Lab, and makes public their B Lab Impact Report. This information guarantees transparency and displays Patagonia’s active concern for the preservation and protection of our planet and its people.
Recycled and Responsibly Sourced Fabrics:
Patagonia strives to consistently reduce its environmental footprint and to sustainably source our materials. Patagonia manufactures the vast majority of its fleece with postconsumer recycled material. The company creates its recycled polyester from soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn-out garments. Many products use organic cotton, much of it sourced from the United States and farmed with sustainable agricultural practices. Advanced Global Traceable Down standards ensure fair treatment for the geese or ducks where Patagonia’s down originates, prohibiting live-plucking and forced-feeding. Patagonia also use recycled down, taken from old jackets, pillows, mattresses, and similar products.